On behalf of the Organising Committee of ICMSM 2013, we take great pleasure in extending an invitation to you to participate in this Congress is organised by the Malaysian Society for Microbiology. The theme for the meeting this year is ‘Microbes with a Mission: New Advances and Trends’. Although the awareness of the role of microbes and microbial biotechnology in improving the quality of life has been recognized worldwide, there still is an urgent needed to explore new avenues in microbial research with the ultimate purpose of solving some of the major challenges of this century with particular reference to sustainable agriculture and environment: and solutions to human health and well-being.
Current advances and trends in microbial research in areas such as medicine, environmental sciences and agriculture will be addressed in a regional and international perspective. The presentations and discussion will be broad including fundamental research such as the exploration of microbial diversity right down to applied research such as targeted drug discovery, bioremediation and other 21st century research trends and platforms. It is expected that this Congress will serve as an invaluable platform of recent advances in the field of microbial research with academics and researchers from the various offshoot of microbiology coming together to share, learn and network to further advance the field of microbiology. We welcome you to the beautiful island of Langkawi, Malaysia where ICMSM 2013 will be held from the 12-15 December 2013. We look forward to a stimulating discussion on current trends and advances in Microbiology and do take this opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature and culture in Langkawi.